Saturday, August 28, 2010
Consider your own calling...
Sometimes I've heard myself or another say things like, "I gave this up or that up and returned to the Church." As if our conversion was from our own initiative - or our own doing. Likewise we can sometimes think to ourselves, or even announce to others, that we came to believe by some "intellectual assent" - as if we suddenly got our degree after having learned, all on our own, that God is God, and Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. However, today's first reading from Mass corrects that notion.
"Consider your own calling... not many of you were wise by human standards, not many powerful, not many of noble birth. Rather. God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, God chose the weak and the lowly and despised and those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God." - 1 Cor 1:26-31
And if we are tempted to exalt ourselves even about any role we may have in shaming the wise, St. Paul reminds us, "It is due to him (God) that you are in Christ Jesus" in the first place. God first chose us - we didn't first chose Him at all. Hence, we really have nothing we can pride ourselves about, ever.